Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology & Dermatopathology located in Wheat Ridge, CO
In the United States, more than a million people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year. Fortunately, skin cancer is highly treatable, especially when detected in the early stages. At Elevation Dermatology we are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of skin cancer. If you have concerns about changes in your skin, or you’d like to learn more about options for treatment, call the Wheat Ridge, Colorado, office or schedule a consultation online.
What is skin cancer?
Skin cancer occurs when abnormal skin cells multiply rapidly, resulting in a malignant tumor. There are three primary types of skin cancer: Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma make up the majority of skin cancers; these cancers are serious and should always receive treatment, but they are unlikely to spread to other parts of the body. Melanoma is less common but more dangerous; it's aggressive cancer that can spread to other tissues.
What are the signs of skin cancer?
Cancer does not cause all skin changes, but it’s important to see a dermatologist if you have any of the symptoms of skin cancer because it’s easier to successfully treat skin cancer in the early stages of the disease. A skin biopsy is usually needed to diagnose skin cancer conclusively.
Signs of skin cancer include:
- Bumps that are white or pearly
- Flat lesions that are scaly, crusty, or brown
- Moles that bleed or change size, shape or color
- Lesions with an irregular border
- Lesions that itch or bleed
- Dark lesions on your palms, soles, fingertips or toes
At Elevation Dermatology we are experts diagnostician, with advanced training in dermatopathology. We personally reviews your skin biopsy under a microscope, as well as all test results, for precise diagnosis. She uses this information, known as histology, to customize treatment to your needs.
Who is at risk for skin cancer?
Anyone can develop skin cancer, but you may have an increased risk if you have a family history of skin cancer, or you’ve had a previous skin cancer diagnosis.
Additional risk factors include:
- Extensive UV exposure
- Fair skin
- Age 40 or older
- Weakened immune system
- Multiple non-cancerous moles
You can reduce your risk of skin cancer by avoiding excessive sun exposure, wearing sunscreen, and reapplying it regularly.
How is skin cancer treated?
We At Elevation Dermatology are skilled and experienced with a variety of approaches to treating skin cancer. Depending on the size, location, and type of cancer, she may recommend one of the following treatment options.
- Primary excision
- Mohs surgery
- Electrodesiccation and curettage
- Topical Chemotherapy Treatments
Larger lesions may require multiple treatments, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy to remove all cancerous cells.
A skin cancer diagnosis may sound scary, but most cases are easy to treat, especially when diagnosed early. To learn more, contact Elevation Dermatology or schedule a consultation online.